Depuy Hip Replacement Recall Report: Medical Device Recalls Up 97%
Depuy Hip Replacement Recall One of Many
A report published by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health states that medical device recalls have nearly doubled over the last 10 years. The FDA states that recalls involving medical devices have increased 97 percent between fiscal year 2002 and 2012. According to the CDRH, this increase is supposedly beneficial for consumers across the country as it suggests that manufacturers are becoming more aware of the safety of their products, and consumers are taking initiative to hold the manufacturers responsible for injuries allegedly sustained by their medical devices.
DePuy Orthopaedics, one manufacturer currently facing litigation for producing allegedly defective devices, issued a DePuy hip replacement recall in 2010 for its ASR implants. Some 93,000 devices worldwide were affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall, and thousands of patients allegedly suffered injuries due to the device. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for more information if you or a loved one received the ASR implant and you later developed life-threatening complications.
CDRH Reports Increase in Medical Device Recalls
According to the CDRH report, medical devices are most commonly issued for component problems, software issues, design flaws and non-conforming materials. Additionally the CDRH notes that increased efforts on behalf of the FDA and other consumer advocacy groups has caused the increase in the number of medical device recalls issued.
Recalls are categorized into one of three classes, depending on the severity of the potential for injury and/or death:
- Class III: Devices or products that violate the manufacturing or labeling regulations of the FDA.
- Class II: Reserved for devices or products that may only cause temporary health problems or cause a small risk of injury.
- Class I: Issued for dangerous or defective products that could case adverse, severe complications, life-threatening injuries and/or death.
Several manufacturers of hip and knee replacements are currently facing lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs across the country for allegedly producing defective and faulty devices. According to plaintiffs, these products were approved only through the FDA’s 510(k) process, allowing the manufacturers to bypass additional clinical trials if they can prove that the new products are inherently similar to those already approved by the FDA.
DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits Pending
When the manufacturer issued its DePuy hip replacement recall in August 2010, data from The National Joint Registry of England and Wales indicated a 12 to 13 percent failure rate. According to data, one in eight of the company’s hip implant devices failed just a few years following implantation when they were designed to last for 15 to 20 years.
As a result of complications including metal poisoning and other adverse effects, more than 10,000 DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuits have been filed against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson by consumers who have received the allegedly dangerous devices. Plaintiffs claim that the manufacturer designed a defective product and neglected to warn patients about possible side effects. Consequently, many patients have been forced to endure revision procedures to remove the allegedly defective devices.
Need More Information about the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall?
If you have been fitted with the DePuy ASR hip implant and you suffered from injuries or life-threatening complications, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to determine whether you have a claim. We can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can handle your DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for your free consultation.